061517: More from NYC

I must admit that I enjoyed revisiting my old NYC project last week – so much, in fact, that I  decided to stay with it for another round.

Only three images from this group were shot in Manhattan, only one from the Bronx, and the rest in Queens and Brooklyn (way before people thought it was a cool name for a kid!))

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Happy Fathers’ Day.

Thanks for the visit.

060817: New York Images

I made a quick run down to Manhattan the other day, something I very rarely do anymore. I lived there for many years. It’s a great place. But life in the country is so much more appealing to me now.

One result of the trip was a desire to re-explore one of my last major projects before my separation from urban life. Industrial landscapes you might call them. Or urban desolation perhaps.

Whatever category they might fit is so irrelevant when compared to the fun I had during those years of exploration. So here today are some of the images from that project.

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By the way, the reason for the trip to NYC (and it had to really be a good one!) was for the opening of this wonderful show. Two of my dearest and most talented friends, husband and wife photographers Moshe and Rivka Katvan, have put together a knockout of a show. Info below. Stop in at the Soho Photo Gallery and take a look. You won’t regret it !

And thanks as always for the visit today.

Colorless Again

_MG_1857_01_LR_BW_12Before we dropped off into this latest deep freeze I managed to take some pictures of my favorite cephalopods in what is ordinarily a dry stream bed. The brief thaw exposed them and the melting snow had the creek running. Seems like I’m staying in that colorless world that I wrote about last week.

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But before I explore that I’d like to tell you about an opening set for Saturday the 26th (tomorrow) at the GCCA Gallery on Main Street in Catskill. Entitled Visitors, Visitations, Visions, the show will display the works of 21 Hudson Valley artists including the following three of my own.

IMG_5502_01b_LR_10The Lost Boys

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IMG_4068_01c_LR_10Enlightenment 1

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IMG_4069_01e_LR_10Enlightenment 2

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And in the upstairs gallery my good friend friend and wonderful painter Elin Menzies will have her work hanging as part of a two person show entitled Animal, Myth, Magic. the opening for both shows will be an early one – 2PM until 5 PM.

ElinElin Menzies, Crow and Crowboy Admire the Giant Poppy

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So here I am stuck in that colorless world again. What I have assembled this week is a mix of images from my library that I hadn’t yet had the opportunity to play with. As you will see, they cover a range of subjects. Their obvious commonality is the lack of color. Are details and patterns more recognizable? Is there a greater purity to gray scale – no distractions? I don’t really have a position on that old argument about color versus black and white. A strong image is about content, composition, contrasting tonality, and a host of other considerations with color only being one. In this digital age, the image may suggest its fate.

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IMG_7688_01_LR_12Eiffel Tower from the Trocodero

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_MG_1128_01_LR_12The Louvre

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_MG_0681_01BW_LR_10The Pantheon

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_MG_0640_01_LR_12Jardin des Plantes

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_MG_0115_01_LR_10Place des Vosges, Paris

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IMG_7348_01BW_LR_10Saint-Eustache Organ, Paris

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_MG_0639_01_LR_10Paris Alley

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IMG_8934_01a_LR_10Route 32, Saugerties, NY

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IMG_8224_02_LR_12Snowy Landscape

________________MG_1844_01_LR_10Winterscape

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IMG_8216_01BW_LR_12Still

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IMG_5698_01BW_LR_10Jack & Jill

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